PMW report: PA-Kill a Jew - Go To Heaven (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) By Itamar Marcus & Barbara Crook 01/26/04)
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PMW director briefs foreign ambassadors in Knesset
By Itamar Marcus & Barbara Crook
At the request of Diaspora Affairs Minister Natan Sharansky, PMW
Itamar Marcus today briefed a group of 80 ambassadors and diplomats
Israeli Knesset about PMW´s latest report on Palestinian Authority
promotion of genocide against Jews. This event comes a day after
Minister Sharansky held two joint news conferences to present the
the Israeli and foreign media.
The report, Kill a Jew - Go To Heaven, written by Marcus and PMW
director Barbara Crook, examines the way in which the leadership of
has taught, and continues to teach, an ideology of virulent hatred of
and Israel that mandates the killing of Jews as a religious
report documents how the PA has systematically built a three-tiered
against Jewish existence, much as a prosecutor would build a legal
a court of law to demand a death sentence. At the briefing, Marcus
presented many examples from the PA-controlled print and broadcast
including numerous video excerpts, to show the systematic way in
hatred of Jews is promoted by the PA´s religious, political and
elites, and taught through cultural, educational, religious and even
Click here to see full report on the PMW web site.
Responding to Marcus´s presentation, Minister Sharansky said his
to the media: "Even as the Palestinian Authority works to prevent a
hundred terrorists from attacking Jews and Israelis, it prepares
of thousands more. As in Nazi Germany, there is an entire ´culture of
hatred´ in Palestinian society today, from textbooks to crossword
from day camps to TV music videos and calling for the murder of Jews,
Jews, is the end result."
The following is a front-page article from the Jerusalem Post before
report was released:
Jerusalem Post Op-Ed, Jan. 25, 2004:
Sharansky: PA promotes genocide
By Hilary Leila Krieger
At a press conference timed to coincide with events marking the 60th
anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Diaspora Affairs Minister
Sharansky will on Tuesday assert that the Palestinian Authority, even
new chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is engaged in the "promotion of genocide"
against the Jewish people.
The "Kill a Jew - Go to Heaven" presentation, compiled by Palestinian
Watch, an Israel-based organization that monitors incitement in
society, and distributed under Sharansky´s auspices, accuses the
Palestinian media of dehumanizing Jews similar to ways the Nazis did.
A fundamental message broadcast in sermons, academic discourse and
children´s shows, according to report co-author Itamar Marcus, is
Jews are an evil force, and it´s inherent to the Jews, and therefore
have to be killed."
In the run-up to the PA election on January 9, Abbas met with the
the Palestinian Broadcasting Authority and asked him to check all
aired on PA television to prevent the broadcast of inciting material.
then, Marcus said that nationalistic programming calling for violence
against Israel has decreased somewhat, but that anti-Semitic rhetoric
He pointed to January 14, when he said an imam gave a sermon
"The days of the pilgrimage to Mecca remind the Muslim of the
his history and remind him of his past glory and the lowliness of the
who today rule the world; how Muhammad expelled them from Medina in
retribution for their actions and their hostility and their
not on false charges, not unjustly. No, it was retribution for their
hostility toward Islam."
It is important to document this phenomenon, he said, because many
view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as centered on political
the Palestinians have tied redemption to killing Jews. "It´s not
to borders, it´s not connected to compromise, and no compromise will
reached [once] it´s a battle of God against the Jews."
"As in Nazi Germany, there is an entire ´culture of hatred´ in
society today, from textbooks to crossword puzzles, from day camps to
music videos," Sharansky charged in a statement issued by his office
of the press conference. "Calling for the murder of Jews, as Jews, is
The presentation comes ahead of Israel´s National Day Against Anti-
on Thursday and the same day´s ceremonies at Auschwitz. It will be
available in English as well as Hebrew to engage the international
"The whole world has to be aware of anti-Semitism, because it isn´t
the problem of the Jews. It´s the problem of any democratic society,"
Sharansky aide said. "The world has to understand what we are dealing
It´s not only whether there was a bombing yesterday or not. If you
change the atmosphere in books or on TV, it won´t be enough."
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